Benter, Hall lead Braves to blowout win over Mitchell


MITCHELL — The Brownstown Central boys basketball team traveled to The Hive on Saturday for a matchup against Mitchell, where they defeated the Bluejackets in dominant fashion behind nearly 50 combined points from Jack Benter and Colby Hall.

Though he only knocked down just one of six 3-point attempts, Benter still managed to score 30 on the night while shooting 65% from the field with only one of his misses on the night from inside the arc.

Hall added 16 points while shooting 77% from the field. The final score on the night was 70-33 in favor of the Braves.

Brownstown jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter 21-12 with Benter netting 10 in the period.

Much of the same continued in the second with the Braves scoring another 22 points while holding Mitchell to just nine team points in the quarter. Benter added another 14 to his point total, bringing him to 24 at the half. Hall finished the first half with 10, missing just one of his six field goal attempts.

Near the end of the third quarter, Brownstown’s 18 points in the period extended their lead to 36, passing the IHSAA threshold to initiate a running clock for the remainder of play.

This win brings the Braves’ record this season to 7-1, keeping them undefeated against Indiana teams. Winners of four straight, their next game will be this Wednesday when they travel to Elnora to take part in the Bobcat of Daviess County Classic, hosted at North Daviess High School.

Brownstown will take on Loogootee (6-2) in the first round. Other teams in the tournament are Fort Wayne Blackhawk, Evansville Christian, Paoli, South Knox, Forest Park and North Daviess. The tournament will take place over the course of three days with the finals on Dec. 23.

Last year, Brownstown beat Rock Creek Academy in the first round, defeated Loogootee in the second round and played in the championship game against Fort Wayne Blackhawk, which was just one of four losses the Braves suffered all of last season.

Fort Wayne Blackhawk plays the first game on Wednesday against Evansville Christian at 6 p.m. with the Braves to follow at 8 p.m., so if both teams win, they would have a rematch in the semifinal on Thursday 6:30 p.m.

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